Travel’s Best of the Best: The Experts Vote

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The Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano in Italy

Travel’s best was given its definitive list by Virtuoso luxury travel network for the tenth year standing last week. Its Best of the Best standouts included the gorgeous and beloved Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano in Italy, which was named the coveted “Hotel of the Year.”

Virtuoso surveyed its 390-plus agencies and more than 11,400 elite travel advisors to identify the winners in each of the categories, ranging from most innovative experience to best achievement in design. Read more »

Beyond Cool: Fall Tour and Travel Packages

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Just as the weather begins to cooperate, several travel companies and resorts are revving up the promotions to get travelers back onto their bucket lists. Travel-Intel offers up just a sampling of what travel opportunities are out there this fall.  Read more »

Wellness Travel Becoming a Vacation Priority

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Will wellness tourism become the next big thing in travel? According to the latest figures by the Global Wellness Summit, travelers take 586 million wellness trips each year — representing15 percent of global tourism, second only to cultural tourism in revenues. And wellness travelers spend 130 percent more than the average traveler.

The analysts forecast global wellness tourism market to grow at a clip of 10.69% during the period 2016-2020. The wellness tourism market growth is augmented by the increasing awareness about anti-aging measures to preserve looks. Many men and women are undergoing facial aesthetic procedures for a youthful appearance. The US, Brazil, Mexico, China, India, France, Italy, and South Africa are some of the countries where the demand for facial aesthetics is increasing. Currently, the Americas account for more than 43% of the overall market share to dominate the global wellness tourism market. Read more »

Pikaia Perfection: Pampering in the Galapagos

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While there are few luxury hotels in the Galapagos, there are even fewer luxury hotels in this island chain some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador that can utter the term “eco luxury lodge” — and mean it. Pikaia Lodge can. Pikaia remains future forward in design, engineering, tourism know-how: just about everything but nature, which is kept ancient and pristine in all its manifestations. READ MORE …

Hotel Hell: When Guests Behave Badly

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A new Etiquette Study released by Expedia, shows what it takes to turn a night spent in a hotel into a night spent in hotel hell. Some 18 percent of the 1,018 travelers questioned admitted having to ask to switch hotel rooms because of “noisy neighbors,” among other issues.

The ten least popular fellow hotel guests in the Expedia Hotel Etiquette Study are: Read more »

Norwegian Launches Low-Cost Flights to Paris

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Norwegian Air Shuttle launched flights from three United States airports to Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport on July 29, starting with four weekly flights from New York’s JFK International Airport, two weekly flights from Los Angeles International Airport and one weekly flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. This initiative marks Norwegian’s first operation from Charles De Gaulle Airport. The airline has been operating flights from Paris Orly International Airport to five Scandinavian destinations. Read more »

Frozen Now a Disney Cruise Line “Forever” Item

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For the “first time in forever,” the beloved animated hit “Frozen” is getting the Disney treatment on the Disney Cruise Line as a new stage show exclusively aboard the Disney Wonder. “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular” debuts, along with a wave of new enhancements to the ship, on cruises starting Nov. 10, 2016, from Galveston, Texas. Read more »